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The Best Price Going on a 97-Point Cab - “The Mouton-Rothschild of Australia” - 01/25/2018 - Australia

If you pick up the 97-Point 2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cab elsewhere you’ll be paying $55, but thanks to a super-sharp deal from our distributor we have from our distributor, we are rolling it out for a fraction of that. With massive points and huge praise from the critics, this 2013 stunning has everything one looks for in a Margaret River Cab. James Suckling called the 2012 version of this blockbuster, “the Mouton-Rothschild of Australia” and we think the 2013 is even better! Always an instant sell-out, we expect this parcel of 2013 to sell in a flash. Only the estate’s best grapes is used in the “Art Series” bottling, which shines through with the layered flavors of dense blue and black fruits, menthol, eucalyptus, and Asian spice. Among one of the best vintages in decades, this 2013 rendition is destined to please many a Cab drinker. A wine of this pedigree and caliber typically costs well into the $100, which makes the special, discounted price here all the more remarkable. Made in an open and user-friendly style, the “Art Series” Cab is a joy to drink now, but go ahead and lay a few bottles down too as it has the body and structure to age for 15-plus years.

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2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $55) Price: Hidden

97 points Bob Campbell: "Deep red/purple: an outstanding color in depth and hue. The bouquet is clean, freshand alive, with bright black fruit and violet aromas, touches of cedar and toasty oak, the palate verydeep and concentrated, with lush fruit and abundant tannins, which counter-balance the fruit andsweetness. A powerful yet elegant cabernet with a very long and distinguished future ahead of it. Anoutstanding, profound wine. (HH - Real Review)" (06/2017)

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors.The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new)."

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black licorice, black berry and rust. Hot stone. Full body, layered and juicy with loads of fresh fruit and chewy tannins. Sexy, muscular cabernet with tone and focus. Screw cap. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2022 but gorgeous now." (07/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit that is wonderfully concentrated, deep and long, with impressive weight. This has elegance, great finesse and finishes gently firm."

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leeuwin's 2013 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon may be the best version of this wine I've ever tasted. It manages to be ripe and rich while still being svelte and medium-bodied. Baking spices and cedar appear on the nose, but this isn't an oaky wine - those elements are just seasoning for the red and black currant fruit. A creamy note builds the mid-palate without adding excess weight, while hints of sage and bay leaf linger on the silky finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A bright mouthful of cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, full of energy and transparency to the notes of mineral, dried herb, toast, vanilla and dense espresso. Shows plenty of power on a velvety frame. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases imported. (MW)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.

Staff ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Leeuwin Estates is one of Margret Rivers founding wineries, and the grapes classified by the winemaker as Art Series worthy are only selected from the pinnacle of the estate fruit. The sandy, loamy soils of these vineyards force the vine roots down into the fractured granite below insuring vine stress and true mineral expressions. This terroir can only produce profound wines when paired with persistent cold winds like the ones howling off the Indian Ocean through these same Leeuwin vineyards. The 2013 Art Series Cab greets you with boysenberry, blueberry, and eucalyptus that is decorated with the clear aromas of broken rock and thin, dusty soils. Secondary notes of twiggy bay leaf, raspberry, and coffee percolate as you return for sniff after revealing sniff. The palate is well structured with mid-weight tannins and an even presence through the mid palate and the ample finish. Beautiful on its own, but I can see this wine being even more enjoyable as a partner with a meal and several glasses!